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Thread: Labour of Love

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    Junior Member nantucketsue's Avatar
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    I presented my sister-in-law with a quilt for her 70th birthday, which, thankfully, she was delighted with, but she could not understand why I do not make quilts to sell. Bearing in mind it was hand quilted and took at least ten months to complete from design to finish, I could not make her understand that this is something I could only do for someone I cared about. How do other quilters feel about their quilts? Is there a word for our addiction to this craft and the emotion it evokes in us?

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    I can't put a price on what I put into a quilt. I also don't think I could make one without a specific person (even if it's me) in mind to make it for.
    Some people love to cook for others, we quilt.
    I know I do it out of love for the person I am giving it to, and out of love for playing with fabric.

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    I have an Aunt that always asks the same thing. I have tried to explain to here that this is something i do for myself. the greatest pull is that i don't have to do it, but am drawn to do it. Those who do not hand quilt a quilt, don't understand the joy we get from doing all those stitches. It's not about the finished item, it is about the journey along the way. I love choosing a stencil, and sitting down and seeing it come together with my own 2 hands.

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    I doubt that anyone who doesn't quilt or hand quilt would understand the amount of love, thought and time that goes into making a quilt.

    I've done just one commission... and would never do another as I know the amount of work wasn't appreciated with the cost I had to charge. I only make quilts for family and friends now as gifts and chose the fabrics so suit who the recipient is.

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    I haven't been able to sell one for a while. I am able to part from them if my family is in need of the $$. My MIL keeps asking why I keep making them if I am not selling any. She doesn't understand loving the process as well as the rewards.

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    I don't think I could ever sell one. I love them all to much. I would just make them for family and friends.

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    I quilt because I enjoy it, if I started making them to sell then I would have to make them and in a specified time frame. This would seem more like a job than a hobby that I love. I like being able to bounce from quilt to quilt as my mood strikes....:wink: :D:D:D

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    I love making quilts for those I love. I have a hard time imaging letting one go.

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    Just as some people cannot understand why we make quilts, I do not understand people who have no hobby, specifically one that stirs their creative juices. I have several friends who have no hobby, but who have the time to devote to one. They don't have jobs and do not spend a great deal of time and effort cleaning or doing yard work. What do they do???? It's a big mystery to me. The days and evenings can be mighty long and boring with no hobby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weezie
    Just as some people cannot understand why we make quilts, I do not understand people who have no hobby, specifically one that stirs their creative juices. I have several friends who have no hobby, but who have the time to devote to one. They don't have jobs and do not spend a great deal of time and effort cleaning or doing yard work. What do they do???? It's a big mystery to me. The days and evenings can be mighty long and boring with no hobby.
    Me either....I can't be without something to do, I love quilting, gardening, embroidery and reading. I need a whole other lifetime to squash in all the things I want to achieve. People are often surprised I quilt....apparently I don't look like a quilter??? They are also surprised when they see how long it takes to do and wonder why I even bother....ah well...another of life's weirdosities (I don't even think that's a word, but you know what I mean!).

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